England Cricket Team meets with acid attack survivors
This visit was aimed at learning the efforts of the Department for International Development in supporting the victims of the horrific acid attacks and the prevention of such violence.
According to the Violence Against Women and Girls Survey 2015 by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, more than 80% of women in the country experience physical or mental abuse in their marriage.
The Secretary of International Development Priti Patel expressed her gratitude to the England Cricket Team for taking time and visiting the victims.
“Countries like Bangladesh have made great improvements to the lives of girls and women in recent years, but many people still face a daily threat of severe and debilitating domestic violence.
“Cowardly acid attacks are utterly unacceptable. They cause great suffering and hold back entire communities from reaching their full potential.
“I am very grateful to the England Cricket Team for taking the time to highlight the vital work my Department is doing in this area.
“We will continue to work with local organisations to provide medical support and secure justice for victims, while reducing the vulnerability of girls and women in the future.”
The Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board Tom Harrison felt that the visit was an educational experience for the players.
“I’m pleased the England Cricket Team had the opportunity to learn more about the Department for International Development’s work in Bangladesh.
“We have been left in no doubt that the UK’s efforts in supporting victims of violence, particularly acid attacks that sadly see such prominence in the country, are changing lives and giving those affected the physical and psychological support they so desperately need.
“I am sure the visit, which was organised in conjunction with the British High Commission in Dhaka, has been a moving and educational experience for the players.”
Having secured an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series with a narrow 22-run win in the first game, England will be keen to seal the series win in the second game which gets underway on Friday.
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